The flexibility, efficiency and ease of transporting flat pack furniture makes it an appealing, more environmentally-friendly choice, especially for cumbersome components like shelving. In creating a shelving unit that doesn't need assembly and folds away when not in use, German designer Meike Harde's Stockwerk shelf is almost accordion-like, adapting itself to the storage needs of the moment.
Thanks to its flexible nature, Harde describes the no-assembly-needed shelf as "[appearing] to negate its material properties," and though it has "fewer and simpler production steps, a complex functional system is possible":
Due to the cut side walls the solid wood construction becomes a foldable object reminiscent of a compressible paper model. [..] As an alternative to plug and screw connections this shelf needs no assembly and is delivered folded up. The side walls are split, mitred and fixed with piano hinges. The system is fully linked together; the shelves just have to be unfolded. The system is self-stabilizing via the mitre-chamfer on the side wall edges.
In contrast to other flat pack designs that still require you to take out the toolbox, we particularly like the no-tools-needed aspect of this shelf, as it can be easy to lose that included nut or bolt. The ease of set-up means that moving day can just be a matter of packing items in boxes and folding down your shelves. An interesting take on the classic shelf; more over at Meike Harde's website.